Where Are They Now?: Haley Larson

Haley Larson, Poetry Editor for Issue 3, received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and with a minor in Music from the University of Nebraska. I took some time to catch up with her about her experience and how Superstition Review has helped shaped her future.

 

Superstition Review: Which issue did you work on with Superstition Review and what was your position?

Haley Larson: I worked on Issue 3 of Superstition Review. I was one of two poetry editors that year, and it was quite an opportunity. I had the chance to correspond with some esteemed poets, many of whom I’d admired for some time.

SR: What skills did you take away from the experience?

HL: I owe a lot of my confidence and tenacity to the Superstition Review internship. A huge part of the internship is learning to not only embody but also balance professionalism and confidence. I think such professionalism encompasses a whole mess of other skills: organization, prioritizing, meeting deadlines, even–can I say–eloquence in emails. The confidence translates into so many other outlets, whether this includes applying for graduate programs or submitting one’s own work to a literary journal. Trish was kind enough to grant me a wonderful opportunity to flex these skills at AWP’s most recent conference. I had the chance to be a part of a presenting panel with her and representatives from two other undergraduate literary magazines. She was (is!) a fantastic, generous mentor. The experience continues.

SR: Creatively, what are you currently working on?

HL: I am working on a few different projects, most obsessively, a couple of different series of poetry. I’m trying to explore/exploit some of my background in music and psychology through this, allowing music, sound/silence, communication, and disorder to talk and tangle in my work.

SR: What are some of your career highlights after leaving SR?

HL: I am currently pursuing my MFA degree in poetry at Colorado State University. I’ve had opportunities to teach at CSU, intern with the Colorado Review, and co-curate a student reading series. A few journals have been kind enough to publish a poem or two, even a couple of my reviews. A few colleagues and I are working to start a non-profit organization, The Strophe Project, aimed at forming and facilitating writing communities in underserved populations of Fort Collins. You can learn more at www.thestropheproject.wordpress.com.

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4 thoughts on “Where Are They Now?: Haley Larson

  • September 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
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    Very impressive credentials and I especially love that so many of them point back to the internship and working with a mentor. Additionally, the Strophe Project definitely sounds like a worthwhile venture.

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  • September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm
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    @Chris, I agree with your observation of the Strophe Project. In my experience, working with a close-knit group of writers in a workshop environment is truly the best way to develop your ideas. At the same time, helping others writers brings added confidence.

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  • October 2, 2010 at 10:01 am
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    The poetry project sounds fascinating. In my own studies, I’m also very interested in how words have “sound,” texture, and can even “talk” to readers.

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  • October 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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    The Strophe Project seems like a really positive and well-needed program. I definitely support writing based communities because it helps foster knowledge and ideas for expression.

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